North Shore Chelan Substation

What's happening now?

Construction activities at the substation site:

  1. Steel transmission poles have been installed - later, we will pull wire from the new poles into the substation - learn more about how the electrical system works HERE
  2. Paving has been completed inside the substation yard and access roads 
  3. Irrigation is currently being installed 
  4. Landscaping installation is scheduled to begin last week of September 
  5. The building that houses electrical equipment inside the substation yard will be installed in mid-November
  6. PUD crews will begin working inside the substation hard in mid-September - installing electrical equipment and wiring devices

Construction activities on underground distribution line installation

  1. PUD crews will soon pull wire through the underground conduit and vaults that were installed along Highpoint Lane, and sections of Crystal and Westview drives - once this work begins, we expect to be in and out of this area over the next few months 
  2. Conduit for the underground cables out of the substation, to Henderson Rd. are still being installed - PUD crews will pull wire through the conduit later in late 2023 or early 2024

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Project Overview & Timeline

  • In February, Michels Pacific Energy began performing daily work at the substation site
  • New underground distribution lines are needed in the area to connect customers to the new substation
  • In May, Batchelor Excavation began installing new underground conduit along Highpoint Lane, and sections of Crystal and Westview drives 
  • In the fall, a PUD contractor will begin installing new underground conduit along Henderson Road from the substation site to Boyd Road
  • In early 2024, we expect to be finished with substation construction, underground distribution installations
  • We anticipate serving customers from the new substation by spring of 2024 


Chelan County PUD has been working closely with the community since 2015 to construct a new substation to serve growth and development on the north shore of Lake Chelan. , between Chelan and Manson. The two existing substations serving the area between Chelan and Manson, Union Valley and Wapato, are nearing capacity. In November 2017, the PUD, along with community input, selected a site off Henderson Road for the new substation. Construction of the substation began in February 2023. New underground distribution lines are being installed to bring electricity out of the substation to serve customers in the area.

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